Photos: Bendy, waterproof phones and door-opening devices - Nokia's mobile future on show

Photos: Bendy, waterproof phones and door-opening devices - Nokia's mobile future on show

Summary: Nokia gives sneak peek of research work at Nokia World...

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  • Nokia World Nokia Research NFC gate

    While near-field communications (NFC) is more commonly associated with contactless payments, this mock-up access gate uses the tech as the key to open it. When an NFC-enabled mobile, such as the Nokia N9, is brought in proximity to the reader on the gate, the gate is unlocked and swings open, as pictured above.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

  • Nokia World Nokia Research Bluetooth 3D indoor positioning system

    Nokia was also demoing a 2D indoor positioning system, which in this case was set up to track various Nokia employees as they moved around the ExCel Centre, pictured above in 3D model form.

    The tracking tech uses Bluetooth low energy with a tracking layer built on top of it. The system requires each floor of a building to be furnished with one Bluetooth antenna which can then triangulate the position of employees wearing trackable tags as they move about the space. Gates or zones can be added to the map so the system is able to count the number of tagged people passing through or occupying particular indoor areas.

    One of the advantages of this system over other indoor technologies that can fix position, such as wi-fi, is its high degree of precision, according to Nokia. Nokia envisages enterprise applications such as tagged trolleys and supermarket baskets arriving first - perhaps as early as next year - before any consumer applications.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

  • Nokia World Nokia Research Bluetooth 3D indoor positioning system

    Here's a version of the same system set up to track objects indoors in 3D space - in this instance it's tracking the position of the indoor helicopter, pictured flying to the right of the screen.

    To enable accurate 3D tracking, Bluetooth antennas are positioned at each corner of the space, rather than the single antenna required for the 2D people-tracking application on the previous page.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

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Topic: Mobility

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